STATEWIDE — Congress has approved an additional $137 million financial package for Maine schools.
On Tuesday, Congress passed the last installment of the American Rescue Plan Act.
The money will benefit kindergarten to grade 12 schools.
The $137 million financial package, in addition to the $274 million the state has already received, amounts to more than $400 million.
Daniel Chuta, deputy commissioner for Maine Department of Education, said the funds will have a major impact on schools.
“Ninety percent of those funds go directly towards school units. Ten percent goes to the state,” Chuta said.
He said what schools will actually receive will vary on a case-to-case basis.
“In some cases, it may be staffing needs,” Chuta said. “In other cases, it may be additional programming for students, whether it’s after school or during the summertime moving forward because these funds are available for the next few years,” Chuta said.
Chuta said funds will be allocated for COVID-19 prevention practices.
“It could support some of the more specific vaccination needs and clinics so that there is some support, perhaps staffing if it’s on a weekend, and it’s during normal hours,” said Chuta.
He said the flexibility allows for schools to be both proactive or responsive to COVID-19.